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Giant ‘polar bear’ unleashed in London for Sky Atlantic stunt

Commuters across the city received a shock when the channel set loose a life sized polar bear on the streets to promote its new Arctic crime drama ‘Fortitude’.

The 8ft fully animated polar bear was seen roaming parks, landmarks and underground tube stations on 27 January as the TV network promoted its new series.

Designed to be realistic, Sky Atlantic said the bear took 19 designers two months to construct. Is being operated by two character actors from famous West End show War Horse who studied the mammals’ natural movements, rehearsing for five days.

It is built with two hidden cameras, allowing the performers to see.

Zai Bennett, director of Sky Atlantic, said:


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